MSc Marine Engineering

General information

The Marine Engineering MSc is concerned with the design, analysis and operation of machinery and systems for merchant and naval ships and submarines. The programme covers a wide range of engineering subjects relevant to the development and procurement of marine engineering, and the programme features two parallel mechanical and electrical streams.

UCL Mechanical Engineering has seen, in recent years, unprecedented activity in refurbishing and re-equipping our laboratories. Highlights of this include an extensive workshop, four engine test cells of the highest specification, a new fluid mechanics laboratory, a fuel cell laboratory, and a new towing tank for ship models. This MSc has been selected by the UK and Canadian Navies for the advanced training of their marine engineers. It also receives students from many other major maritime nations. Run in parallel with the Naval Architecture MSc, students from both programmes work together on a comprehensive and unique ship design exercise. The department has an international reputation for excellence and is funded by numerous bodies including: the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UK MoD, BAE Systems, BP and US Naval Research (ONR).

The programme comprises study in analysis and design of propulsive systems and auxiliary equipment for the latest compliant marine vessel designs as well as the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis. Students develop an understanding of elements of engineering, alongside the skills necessary to apply their knowledge in a systematic and effective manner in a group ship design exercise and an individual project.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two parallel streams, mechanical and electrical. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two options (30 credits) a ship design exercise (45 credits) and an independent project (45 credits). All students complete the ship design exercise, working on the design of a specific vessel, and undertake the independent research project which is either analytical or design, build and test in nature. This dynamic programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, coursework exercises and case studies.

Core Modules

  • Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering
  • Applied Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery
  • Power Transmission and Auxiliary Machinery Systems
  • Vibrations, Acoustics and Control


  • Mechanical Stream: Heat Transfer and Heat Systems & Materials and Fatigue or
  • Electrical Stream: Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Systems & Electrical Power Systems and Electrical Propulsion
Learning outcome:

The programme comprises study in analysis and design of propulsive systems and auxiliary equipment for marine vessels as well as the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis. Students develop an understanding of elements of engineering, alongside the skills necessary to apply their knowledge in a systematic and effective manner.

Careers. The Marine Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2012 student cohort intake onwards.

Employability. Delivered by leading researchers and academics from across UCL, students will have plenty of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas. Collaborating with companies and bodies such as the Ministry of Defence and industry leaders such as BAe Systems and Rolls Royce is key to our success and we will encourage students to develop networks through the programme itself and through the department’s careers programme, which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

Contact Person: Ms Charlotte Reisch (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0715 - Machinery and operators", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: University College London
London, United Kingdom

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE



Full-time Programme

  • UK/EU students: £11.090
  • Overseas students: £23.440

Fees note: Fees for part-time study are charged at appropriately half the full-time Master's fee. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. 


Entry Requirements. A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates with qualifications in other subjects such as physics will be considered. A knowledge of fluids and thermodynamics is essential together with an understanding of basic electrical engineering. Ideally candidates will have had some experience of the marine environment.

English Language Requirements. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Standard

International students. Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from theInternational Students website. International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list here.

Application Procedure:

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. Normally applications close in May.

Apply through the University's website where you will find more information about the online application process. You must submit your application yourself and not via an agency. Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Marine Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Marine Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

  Applications must be supported by:

  • two references from people who are able to comment on your suitability for the programme for which you are applying
  • transcripts (in English) for all qualifications that are relevant to your application
  • Personal statement
  • English language certificate

Grant Opportunities:

Scholarships available for the Department of Mechanical Engineering:

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website of the University.


Academic level: Master


The taught courses are assessed through formal examination and coursework, the ship design exercise is assessed through a report and oral presentations, and the individual project is assessed through a report and presentation.

Qualification: Master of Science

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